Xena didn't use her Chakram in this episode.
This is the first episode to verify that Xena does in fact have super mortal strength, as stated by Ares.
Xena makes it seem like she has met Ares for the first time in this episode, but it is contradicted in other episodes especially in the Hercules TLJ episode "Armageddon Now Pt. 2" where Ares is right by Xena's side when she was a warlord. Of course, that is an alternate reality, so perhaps the timeline has already been altered. Also, in "Chakram" they reveal that Ares stole the Dark Chakram and gave it to Xena. Perhaps he sent it through an intermediary.
Why is Ares, the God of War, so true to his word, even when it's not in his best interest? Probably because it's all just a contest to him, and it's no fun if he cheats. Bending the rules is fine, but cheating would spoil it.
Xena: (after Gabrielle punches her) What was that?
Gabrielle: Payback for hitting me.
Xena: Feel better?
Gabrielle: I think I broke my hand. But I do feel better.
Ares: (seducing Xena) Danger excites you and, as you know, I am somewhat dangerous. Action and power draw you like a moth to a flame. It burns inside you. I burn inside you. You can feel me there like a fever.
Ares: Now tell me, are you really having more fun these days?
Xena: I'm fighting for a better world.
Ares: My dear Xena, you were always fighting for a better world. You were going to conquer it and then you were going to rule it. The perfect way to bring order out of chaos and you were doing very, very well.
Ares: By the gods, you are a beauty. You must know I have missed you.
Xena: What do you want?
Ares: I want you back, of course, my Warrior Princess as my Warrior Queen. We were once a great match.
Xena: I didn't know any better. I thought your ways were all there were for me.
Gabrielle: I understand you may be feeling a little negative at the moment. You can't give in to that. Justice prevails.
Xena: Well, that would be nice.
Gabrielle: I'll get us out of this.
Xena: No, Gabrielle leave. Get away from here.
Gabrielle: Appearances aren't everything.
Xena: I've seen what can happen to people whose loved one's have been butchered. Their vision gets bent and twisted. Then, there's no telling what they'll do.
This episode was written and filmed as the 8th episode of the first season, but ended up airing as the 6th.
Shooting Dates: September 14 through September 22 1995, 7 day shoot.
Kevin's beard was a fake which was glued on for this episode, and he said that he couldn't move his face much for fear of it falling off.
This episode's script number is 108.
DISCLAIMER: There was no humorous disclaimer for this episode.
Kevin Smith makes the first of many appearances on Xena and Hercules as Ares, the God of War. He had previously appeared on Hercules as Iphicles, Hercules' mortal half-brother in the episode "What's In A Name?".